Welcome to Irish Heritage

Irish Heritage is a voluntary arts organisation, established in London in 1974 to promote the appreciation and understanding of classical music (broadly defined) and music composed by Irish composers, performed by young Irish musicians in Britain to a wide audience. It is the only Irish arts organisation in Britain dedicated to helping young Irish musicians through their continuing education and the early part of their careers. See our Aims

Irish Heritage presents a programme of events in established music venues open to the public; it showcases young Irish musicians at special events and supports other organisations which share its aims in music and the arts. The Irish Heritage Music Bursary (worth £5,000) is awarded annually to an outstanding young Irish musician, working or studying in Britain in order to help in their education and training. See Bursary

You can be part of this exciting arts organisation and help young Irish musicians for a small donation. See Join us


Thursday 12th April 2018

Opera Gala Concert featuring past and present Irish Heritage stars

Ailish Tynan, soprano

Owen Gilhooly, tenor

Sean Boylan, baritone

and special guest making her London debut:

Sarah Brady, soprano, winner of the 2017 RDS Bursary

7.30pm, St John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Booking opens on the Irish Heritage website on 22nd January 2018

Adam Heron, a student at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM in London), is the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for 2017. Adam was chosen for the award after a day of auditions conducted before a panel of expert adjudicators under the Chairmanship of John Gilhooly OBE in the Wigmore Hall in London on 3rd November.

In addition to the £5,000 Bursary, Adam will give a full recital at Leighton House Museum, London W14 on Tuesday 12th June 2018. Adam will also perform at the Lismore Opera Festival on 1st June 2018 together with the two highly commended contestants at the Bursary, soprano Rebecca Murphy from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and harpist Maria McNamee from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Further details on Adam Heron can be seen here – Adam Heron Bursary Winner.

Peter Sutherland (1946-2018) RIP

It is with much regret that Irish Heritage has learned of the death of its Patron, Peter Sutherland.
Full report


News Release

Patrick Lennon appointed to Irish Heritage Board of Directors

Irish Heritage is pleased to announce that Patrick Lennon has joined its Board of Directors. A long-standing supporter of Irish Heritage, Mr Lennon will oversee the preparation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy for the organisation that will draw on his experience of working with leading companies and organisations over the past 35 years.

Mr Lennon owns and manages a marketing and public relations consultancy based at Shepperton Studios in south-west London that is known for its work with Irish business and community organisations including Aer Lingus, London Irish RFC and The Irish Times.

Commenting on the appointment, Mary Connolly, Chair of Irish Heritage, said: “We are pleased that Paddy Lennon has accepted our invitation to join the Board. His extensive, international marketing and communications experience will help us to realise our ambitions for Irish Heritage over coming years.”

“I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to the development of Irish Heritage,” said Mr Lennon. “I’ve long admired its role in helping young Irish musicians develop and perform in Britain. I’m looking forward to working with the other communications professionals that are helping the organisation to raise its profile and generate interest in its events and programmes.”

Mr Lennon is also an advisor to the Kingston Academy of Music in Dalkey in Dublin.

PATRONS: Lady (Mary) Clancy-Hatch, John Gilhooly OBE, Seamus McGarry, Peter Sutherland KCMG SC

Irish Heritage is a trademark of Irish Heritage Limited, a charitable company, incorporated in England and Wales
Registered Office: 36 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3QB, Registered Number: 8751590.